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Mongrel Media Grabs Grace of Monaco
By Staff

;Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly;
(April 26, 2014 – Toronto, Ontario) Toronto-based film distribution company Mongrel Media, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, has announced the acquisition of all Canadian rights to Olivier Dahan’s Grace of Monaco, which has been selected as the opening night film at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Screening out of competition, Grace of Monaco stars Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly and Tim Roth as Prince Rainier III. The film also features Frank Langella, Parker Posey, Jeanne Balibar, Derek Jacobi and Paz Vega, who plays singer Maria Callas.

In 1956, American actress Grace Kelly became Princess Grace of Monaco when she married Prince Rainier III, in what was dubbed “the wedding of the century.” An Oscar winning actress, Kelly was a huge film star, having worked with some of the greatest directors of that era, including John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock and Fred Zinnemann. She was a great beauty, frequently on the covers of the top magazines and acclaimed the world over.

Grace of Monaco covers a period of her life, beginning in 1962. Amid occasional difficulties in fulfilling her new role, she was invited back to Hollywood by Hitchcock to star in his new film Marnie. At the time, France was threatening to tax and even annex the tiny Principality of Monaco. Grace faced a deep personal crisis. Was she still an actress? Or was she really Princess of Monaco?

Directed by France’s Olivier Dahan, whose La Vie en Rose earned Marion Cotillard the 2008 Oscar for Best Actress, Grace of Monaco is produced by Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, Uday Chopra and screenwriter Arash Amel under the Stone Angels and YRF Entertainment banners.

Mongrel Media acquired the film from Stone Angels. Although no firm release date has been set, Grace of Monaco will be in theatres in 2014.

A huge supporter of Canadian films, look for the Mongrel release of Ingrid Veninger`s The Animal Project on June 6th if Toronto and Vancouver. Other international releases this year include Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive (Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska), John Turturro’s Fading Gigolo (Turturro, Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara, Vanessa Paradis, Liev Schreiber), John Curran’s Tracks (Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver) and Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight (Emma Stone, Colin Firth, Marcia Gay Harden).